Madison House Staff


Tim Freilich
Executive Director


As an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, Tim was a Madison House volunteer and program director with the Medical Services program. In 2005, he was named “Alumni of the Year” by the Madison House Alumni Council. Prior to joining the Madison House team, Tim was the Legal Director of the Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program. Tim earned his B.A. and his law degree at the University of Virginia, where he received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Public Service.

He began representing migrant farmworkers with the Legal Aid Justice Center in 1999, and in 2001 he established Legal Aid’s northern Virginia branch to work with the region’s day laborers. In 2009, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy awarded Tim with the first David Carliner Public Interest Award, a national award given in recognition of fearless, uncompromising, and creative advocacy on behalf of marginalized people. Tim lives in downtown Charlottesville with his wife and two young daughters. As the Executive Director at Madison House, Tim is excited to lead an organization that bridges the gap between the University and greater Charlottesville communities.


Melissa Fountain
Director of Development


Melissa joined Madison House in the fall of 2016, having most recently served as the Associate Director of Reunion Giving at UVA. Melissa has extensive fundraising experience, including soliciting major gifts of $100,000+, future support gifts (will provisions, life income gifts, beneficiary designations, etc.), managing leadership annual giving campaigns, and coordinating volunteer fundraising efforts.  

She is excited to meet the terrific alumni and friends of Madison House and looking forward to broadening the scope of financial support of this inimitable leadership-building, community service-focused center. Melissa will travel regularly to connect with Madison House donors (or you can let her know if you will be in town!), while spearheading Madison House’s 50th anniversary celebratory campaign. A native of suburban Washington, Melissa received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Iowa and cut her teeth professionally as an editor for PR Newswire in Chicago. She moved with her husband and son to Charlottesville in 2003, settling in the 10th and Page neighborhood.  

Fundraising aside, Melissa’s favorite ways to spend time are cultivating her garden, exploring new cities through their food culture, and practicing Pilates, in which she is a certified instructor in intermediate mat.  An avid reader of fiction and non-fiction, Melissa someday hopes to finish an entire Sunday edition of the New York Times before the next one arrives.


Alys Sink
Director of Communications


Alys joined Madison House in August 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing at Hollins University and her Master of Science in Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication at James Madison University (JMU). While at JMU, Alys volunteered with the Church World Service and conducted research into the impact of refugee women’s experiences within the American resettlement process.

When Alys isn’t at Madison House, she enjoys traveling, gardening, and listening to comedy podcasts. She is thrilled to be working with the staff, students, friends, and community partners of Madison House and looks forward to contributing to the House’s mission of lifelong volunteer service. 

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Rollin Johnson Jr.
Community Engagement Coordinator


Rollin G. Johnson, Jr.’s career and work has focused on deepening the impact of people, program operations, universities, and other organizations within their communities. He brings over 12 years of experience in program management, community relations, and strategic planning.

As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, he served in Nepal and Burkina Faso. He is also a former AmeriCorps VISTA member. In 2012, the Peace Corps honored Rollin with the Franklin H. Williams award for his continued commitment to service and fostering understanding among people with diverse backgrounds.

Rollin holds an MBA from Saginaw Valley State University. He resides in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley with his family. 

Programs Advisor: Adopt-A-Grandparent, Animals and Environment, Big Sibs, Creative Learning After School and Summer (CLASS), HELP Line, Hoos Assisting with Life Obstacles (HALO), Holiday Sharing, Housing Improvement, & Youth Mentoring.  


Sophia Sjolinder
Development Coordinator


After spending eight years away from her hometown of Charlottesville, Sophia returned home in the summer of 2018 to begin her career with Madison House. Sophia earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration from Old Dominion University. While at ODU, she served as the Treasurer, and then President, of the Master of Public Administration Association. Her graduate research initiatives include emotional intelligence & leadership, public mental health, rehabilitative justice, and philanthropic theory.

When Sophia isn’t working, she enjoys traveling, hiking, playing soccer, and spending time outdoors with her chocolate lab, Charlie. Sophia is excited to make a difference in the Charlottesville community through her work with Madison House and looks forward to connecting with both students and community members, alike